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-- Gerald Lamar Turner, II '09
Grandview, MO

2012 Keynote Speakers

Below are our speakers for the 2012 Session.

Chris Koster  

MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL CHRIS KOSTER
Saturday, June 16, 2012
(6:45-7:30 PM)

Prior to the Opening Night Ceremonies of the 73rd session of Missouri Boys State current Missouri
Attorney General Chris Koster will deliver the keynote address at a special assembly in Hendricks Hall.
Following his prepared remarks, Attorney General Koster will hold a question and answer session.

     
Governor Jay Nixon  

MISSOURI GOVERNOR JAY NIXON
Sunday, June 17, 2012 (6:45-7:30 PM)

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will deliver a keynote address at a special assembly on Sunday evening in
Hendricks Hall. Govenor Nixon has been an outstanding supporter of the Boys State program throughout
his years as Missouri's Attorney General and Governor. We are very pleased to have him back to Boys
State. The Governor will hold a question and answer session following his prepared remarks.

     
Sly James  

KANSAS CITY MAYOR SLY JAMES
Sunday, June 17, 2012 (7:30-8:30 PM)

Kansas City Mayor Sly James will deliver a keynote address at a special assembly on Sunday evening in
Hendricks Hall. This is Mayor James' first visit to the Boys State program and he will provide a candid
and entertaining discussion of the issues facing elected officials at the city level. We are very pleased to
have him as part of the program. The Mayor will hold a question and answer session following his
prepared remarks.

     
James Carville  

MEDIA PERSONALITY AND POLITICAL ICON JAMES CARVILLE
Monday, June 18, 2012 (7:15-8:45 PM)

James Carville will accept the 24th Annual George W. Lehr Memorial Speakers Chair on Monday night
at Hendricks Hall. One of the most recognizable figures in politics, James Carville is an insider who
analyzes the Obama Administration, Congress, the 2012 elections and the global political landscape with
his signature energy and humor. Following his prepared remarks Mr. Carville will hold a question and
answer session.

     
Deadline in Disaster  

MISSOURI PRESS ASSOCIATION - JOPLIN TORNADO AND RECOVERY
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 (7:15-8:45 PM)

On Tuesday night, the Missouri Press Association will present "Deadline in Disaster", their moving film
that documents how The Joplin Globe and its staff responded to the biggest story in the city's history –
the F-5 tornado ripped apart the Southwest Missouri town of 50,000 residents on May 22, 2011 killing
161 people and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. The story will focus on the impact of the
tornado, its aftermath, and the city's recovery.

     
Secretary of State Robin Carnahan  

MISSOURI SECRETARY OF STATE ROBIN CARNAHAN
Thursday, June 20, 2012 (7:15-9:15 PM)

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan will deliver the keynote address at the special assembly on Monday evening. Secretary of State Carnahan has been a long time supporter of the Missouri Boys and Girls State programs. Robin Carnahan was sworn in as Missouri’s 38th Secretary of State in January 2005. Carnahan’s family has a proud history of devotion to public service. Her father, Mel Carnahan, served as Missouri’s Governor, and her mother, Jean Carnahan, was the first woman to serve Missouri in the U.S. Senate. Her grandfather, A.S.J. Carnahan, a congressman from south-central Missouri for 14 years, was appointed by President John F. Kennedy to be U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone.

   

 

Eric Greitens  

WHITE HOUSE FELLOW AND NAVY SEAL COMMANDER ERIC GREITENS
Friday, June 22, 2012 (7:00-8:30 PM)

White House Fellow, Navy Seal Commander and Rhodes Scholar Eric Greitens will speak to MBS
participants on Friday at Hendricks Hall. One of the most accomplished Boys Staters in recent memory,
Greitens will share his extraordinary career with Boys Staters in a special assembly. Greitens returned
from his last tour of duty in Iraq in 2007. As an award-winning humanitarian leader, Eric has traveled to
many war and crisis torn countries to reveal not only the hardship of the people, but also their strength
and compassion. Following his prepared remarks he will hold a question and answer session.

   

 

   

DEMOCRACY IN ACTION AND FINAL AWARDS CEREMONY
Saturday, June 23, 2012 (8:00-10:30 AM)

All phases of Boys State government will be functioning for parents, teachers and other visitors. The announcement of the winners of various competitions and awards presentations immediately follow Democracy in Action.

   

 

CURRENT as of 6/8/2012

 

 

 
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